January 17, 2018 – FRN –
The Verkhovna Rada has adopted a law on the Reintegration of the Donbass, choosing the path opposite to the peaceful political resolution of the conflicts. This was stated by the Russian plenipotentiary in the contact group Boris Gryzlov.
“The law does not mention the Minsk agreements, or guarantees for their implementation by Kiev. In fact, the path opposite to the peaceful political resolution of the conflict was chosen, imposed by the “war party” and welcomed by the president of Ukraine” said Gryzlov.
There is no real understanding of how Kiev intends to fulfill its political and other obligations enshrined in the Set of Measures endorsed by the UN Security Council resolution, the decisions of the Contact Group and the Normandy format.
“Instead of lifting the blockade and normalizing the humanitarian situation, we are betting on martial law. Instead of political decisions on the introduction of a special status of Donbass, amnesty and free elections – the military suppression of Donbass will ensue.” – he said.
Gryzlov believes that for the Donbass this is a signal of the incompetence of Kiev and a necessity to prepare for defense.
The new bill allows for the Ukrainian president to use force in the country without having to declare a state of war.